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Mini Pots of Care

Let's get growing

Mini Pots of Care is a fun and creative way for children aged three to 11 to learn about science, nature and the work of charities. And, while they learn, the children will be raising money to help Marie Curie Nurses to care for people with any terminal illness.

This year, we want to register 3,000 schools, groups and organisations to grow daffodils in mini pots and help us raise £450,000 so that our Marie Curie Nurses can provide more free care and support to people who need it.

Registration has now closed. Visit this page again in May when the registration for Mini Pots of Care 2014/15 opens.  

How it works

Mini Pots of CarePlanting, caring and painting

A free planting kit is sent to registered schools, nurseries and youth groups between September and November each year. In the kit, you’ll find the following items for every child taking part:

  • daffodil bulb
  • plant pot
  • magic soil disc
  • pot wrapper
  • planter stick
  • donation envelope/donation box

Children plant their daffodil bulbs and care for them throughout winter. This activity can be used to represent the care that Marie Curie Nurses give their patients.

In spring, children celebrate their daffodil blooms by painting their pot wrappers and holding activities on Mini Pots of Care Fundraising Day.

Learning and fundraising

Our resources page provides support materials for your planting, learning and fundraising activities. You can also watch our step-by-step video to help you get the most out of your daffodil growing activity.


Schools and groups can raise money any time once they receive their kit but we recommend focusing the fundraising around Mini Pots of Care Fundraising Day in February 2014.

Each registered school and group receives fundraising information and ideas in the teachers/leaders instruction booklet included in the kit.


“When the children planted their bulbs, I took this opportunity to teach them about the needs of a plant to survive. Once discussions had taken place, we realised that the people who depend on Marie Curie support are similar to the daffodils – needing support and care.”
Alistair Findlay, classroom teacher, Slamannan Primary School, Falkirk